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Southern Museum of Flight

4343 N 73rd St, Birmingham, AL 35206-3642
205 833 8226
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Ranked #14 of 43 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: The Southern Museum of Flight, located three blocks east of the Birmingham-Shuttl... Airport, is one of the largest civilian flight museums in the... more »
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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I wanted to spend an afternoon exploring Birmingham and came across this in my AAA tour book. Members get a discount. What a lovely museum! The dioramas are well complete with sound effects. The local history- Tuskegee airmen, the Alabama native present when the North Korean pilot defected to the US and the recovery of a bomber - not sure... More

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Dothan, Alabama
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My wife and I were keeping two of our grandkids in Birmingham and I needed a place I could take a 5 year old for a few hours while the 3 year old slept. It was very interesting to me and had enough "stuff" to keep the 5 year old interested for several hours. Although the flight simulators had signs... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I went with a group of my family.... age ranges from 9 to early 60's. The museum is not huge. I think you could probably easily see it all within 2 - 3 hours. It is a pretty easy place to see if you have mobility issues. There were several places to sit through the museum and there was something... More

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Balti, Moldova
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Not that big but interesting history. Not crowded. Several good flight simulators for 12 and older. Clean and neat. The town area around looked run down but that was interesting too. I would place it higher on the Birmingham attractions list. If you have a local Science Museum membership part of The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) then you could... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We are a family with children ranging from 13 years old down to 17 months. There is so much to soak in at this museum. Take your time & look at everything twice. Make sure to let the kids get into the planes that are available. My kids enjoyed that so much! Also, there are a few planes outside in... More

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Alabama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

If you love airplanes and aviation, you will love this place. Well off the beaten path, but worth the trip. Great place to take a group of kids. The staff is outstanding and there are a lot of hands-on exhibits.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The exhibits are very well done; I applaud the efforts of the staff and those individuals who have restored the aircraft and built/maintained the exhibits but I would rate this museum as average since I am a little jaded after touring the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum and the New Orleans WW II Museum. To address a previous reviewer's comments -... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Very interesting place to go learn about aviation! In bad part of town, so probably won't take the kids again. That is the only drawback. We learned so much and the kids enjoyed it as well! Have to go at least once!

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Birmingham, AL
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Southern Museum of Flight is definitely off the beaten track, but it does have a lot to offer. There are displays of aircraft from early recipricating engine models up to fairly recent jets. Many of the displays relate to aircraft and pilots with ties to the state of Alabama. One exhibit portrays the little known fact that Alabama Air... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Good exhibits interspaced with videos. Larger than looks and houses more planes than realized. Worth a visit

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